Home to more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than anywhere else in the world, it will come as no surprise that Italy is a nation steeped in history, art and culture. From the ruins of Pompeii to the remarkable remnants of Roman civilisation to be found in – where else? – Rome, Italy offers you a fascinating window into the distant past, while at the same time being a land of immense life, colour, vibrancy and diversity. Not only that, Italy is known for its breath-taking natural beauty, whether you are skiing down its snow-clad northern slopes, exploring the unspoilt woodlands of the Tuscan Apennines Mountains or soaking up the sun-drenched beauty of Lake Como.
If you are visiting Italy with family why not head to the picturesque shores of Lake Garda, where the kids are sure to enjoy the many delights of theme parks such as Gardaland and Aqua Paradise Park. A variety of water sports, such as wind surfing and sailing, are also available on the lake, sure to provide hours of thrills for teenagers and your own inner child. Alternatively you may want to book accommodation in one of Sardinia’s beach resorts and enjoy plenty of seaside fun with your loved ones or explore its picturesque interior, visiting the ruins of Tiscali or delving into the majestic canyon known as Gola Su Gorropu.
For a more cultured Italian vacation, the obvious hotspots to visit are Rome, Florence and Venice, each boasting its own unique atmosphere and fascinating historic attractions. But you may also want to take a trip to the Italian fashion capital of Milan or spend a few days swanning around the Amalfi Coast, famous for its Mediterranean beauty and outstanding restaurants and hotels. Alternatively you could devote some time to unveiling the wonders of Trentino, with its stunning landscapes and captivating fairy-tale castles and museums.
What is the currency in Italy?
The official currency of Italy is the Euro.
How long does it take to fly to Italy?
Flights from London to Rome last approximately 2 hours 25 minutes.
What is the time difference in Italy?
Italy is 1 hour ahead of London, UK.
When is the best time to visit Italy?
The best months to visit Italy are April – June (unless you are visiting Rome and Florence as hotel rates are higher here during May-June) and the middle of September through to October as the weather is very pleasant and there will be fewer crowds. These periods are known as the shoulder season, an ideal midpoint between the low and high tourist seasons in Italy.
What language is spoken in Italy?
Italian is the official language of Italy, though various dialects are spoken throughout the country.